Join us to enjoy spring on the Konza Prairie in the gorgeous Flint Hills of Kansas! We will share information about the history, geology and all of the grasses and plants along the hike. “Tallgrass prairie once covered more than 170 million acres, from Canada through Texas and as far as Ohio in the east. Rich prairie soils made the region prime for agricultural development. Most of the tallgrass prairie was converted to cropland within just a couple of decades, making this once expansive landscape North America’s most altered ecosystem in terms of acres lost. Of the roughly 4 percent that remains today, most (about two-thirds) survives in the Flint Hills of Kansas and Oklahoma.”
Located in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, Konza Prairie Biological Station is a native tallgrass prairie preserve primarily owned by The Nature Conservancy and operated by Kansas State University and managed as a field research station by the K-State Division of Biology.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
We plan to hike 2 of the 3 trail options – we will all hike the first 1.3 miles together then split as our trails separate. This means we will end at different times – when you sign up choose your distance. The 2.6 mile Nature trail is estimated to take approximately 2.5 hours and the 6.2 mile Godwin Hill Loop can take up to 4 hours BOTH have some steep inclines/declines.
- For this hike there are No dogs allowed which is a rule at the Konza all the time.
- We suggest that you wear closed-toes shoes that are comfortable for hiking relatively rough terrain – much of this is rocky and gravelly with some steep inclines/declines.
Dirty Girls, Dudes and teenagers are welcome at this event.
We will send an email with some additional specific instructions prior to the event. Please be aware that events can change due to weather and conditions, please check your email the day before the event.
What are you paying for?
Dirty Girl Adventures, LLC will provide a guide, support on the trail and docent information throughout the event. We will also monitor the weather and conditions to ensure that our event and participants are safe. Our knowledgeable and informed guide service includes a leading guide and a sweep guide during the hike. Trail support including first aid, knowledge of the environment and locale, safety monitoring, pacing, interpretive information on the environment and location.
In case you are wondering about our refund policy – refunds are given up to one week before the date of the event no questions asked. After that, refunds are not given unless there are exceptional circumstances, during this time, we consider any health concerns a valid reason for a refund. If you feel sick, or have any symptom possibly related to Covid-19 stay home, we’ll send you a refund. Dirty Girl Adventures may cancel an event due to weather or conditions. Everyone will receive a refund if that is the reason for the cancellation. We will paddle and hike in cool, rainy or snowy conditions. Cancellation only occurs in severe weather or other dangerous conditions.